Local Policeman Fights Trafficking Globally

 Bellingham Police Officer Chris Lease also works for IJM

Passionate about fighting human trafficking, Bellingham Police Officer Chris Lease spends his "vacations" working for International Justice Mission.

A BPD Facebook post on 1/31/17 explained, "Chris uses his vacation time to serve with the International Justice Mission. Chris has brought his knowledge back to our department and helped us better understand, and rescue children and adults trapped in the world of human trafficking. Thank you Chris for your commitment!

Officer Lease has traveled across Asia, Latin America and Africa to train international law enforcement authorities, enabling them to increase investigative capacity, leading to effective outcomes.

The article goes on to say, "As a Bellingham Police Officer for almost 25 years, Officer Lease has gained the investigative experience and skills for short term volunteer operations that he hopes will make a dramatic difference in the world. He has infiltrated the world of sex trafficking, bonded slavery, police abuse of power, and other forms of oppression, using the investigative techniques he has learned as a member of the Bellingham Police Department."  (Read the full article here.)

We salute you Officer Lease!  Thank you for making a difference in the world.

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery?  Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ to read past newsletter articles.

Next monthly Hope4Justice public meeting is February 21st


  • Why I'm involved with Hope4Justice" - personal story by Karen M.
  • Video: Nordic Model
  • Wrap up of outreach efforts for the conference on 3/1/17
  • Hope4Justice community sectors model for involvement

When: Tuesday, 2/21/17, 7-8:30 pm

Where: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264
(From Wiser Lake Round-About head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the right and toward the back)

You can still reserve your seat at 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Conference

When: March 1, 2017, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes, WA 98221
What: Highly acclaimed speakers and key players in King County's successful implementation of the Nordic Model will show how King County has become  a national example for decreasing sex trafficking.
Note: There is NO charge for this conference! Continental breakfast & light lunch included.
RSVP: dianegoetz4@comcast.net. Please include: Name, telephone #, County & Organization

Learn concrete steps our county can take against sex trafficking!  


Hope4justice is now accepting tax deductible donations?  Donate by clicking on the GIVE button on the bottom of any page here on our website or mail your check made payable to Hope4Justice to 600 Front Street, #502,  Lynden, WA 98264.

Thank you for your  support.